Reviews and Problems with Olympus mju 1050 SW / Stylus 1050 SW / µ 1050SW
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Olympus Mju 1050SW
17 February 2015
Summary: It's quite astonishing that such a slim and elegant camera should also turn out to be so tough. But its small size and slippery finish does limit its usefulness in those extreme environments it's so good at surviving, and its controls and its picture quality are no more than average
Pros: All kinds of proof; slim and elegant.
Cons: Maddening tap control; average lens and picture quality.
Conclusion: Overall, the Tough Smart 1050SW is a worthy edition to the successful Olympus Tough range and it certainly does live up to its name. Perfect for anyone active - be it in the outdoors or generally speaking - or those who travel and like to take their camera with them everywhere and all of the time.
Conclusion: The waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof Olympus Stylus 1050SW is a decent addition to Olympus’ rugged line of cameras. Over its siblings, the Stylus 1050SW actually offers nothing out of the blue (besides Tap Control), revolutionary or different… instead, it takes a little bit, here and there from the present Stylus SW cameras, and mixes them into a single compact camera with a sliding lens cover.
Pros: Rugged design: waterproof, drop proof and freezeproof, LED illuminator is useful for macros/in low-light, Tap Control is useful, Usable/viewable LCD screen, Perfect Shot Preview, Shadow Adjustment and playback edit tools, Decent image quality below ISO 400
Cons: No manual controls, Lacks optical image stabilization, Tiny, cluttered buttons on the back, Below average battery life, Poor low-light performance; no long exposure mode, Paltry frame rate for burst mode
Summary: The Olympus µ 1050 SW / Stylus 1050 SW is the latest in the company’s line of tough waterproof compacts and handles itself well under conditions you wouldn’t dare use a normal compact. As we’ve said with other waterproof cameras, it really is quite liberating to use a camera around water without any concerns, and surprising how many times you might want to do this.
Pros: Fully waterproof to depths of 3m., Shockproof and freeze-proof., Live thumbnail previews of adjustments, Unique tap-controls.
Cons: Pedestrian 3x zoom range with no 28mm., No optical or sensor-shift anti-shake., Softness and fringing towards corners., Grainy-looking footage in movie mode.
Olympus Stylus 1050 SW Review is based on a production
model. All sample images are unretouched, except
where specified. The Olympus Stylus 1050 SW is as fashionable as it is built tough. The "SW" designation means that it is both shockproof and waterproof. It is capable
of withstanding a drop from 1.5m (5 ft) and can be used safely underwater down to 3m (10 ft). It is also winterized and can be used at temperatures as low as -10°C/-14°F.
Summary: Designed for adventurers users worldwide, Olympus has unleashed the 10.1-megapixel Stylus 1050 SW. Durable enough to stand up to an "on the go" lifestyle, the metal body and shock-absorbing construction allow the camera to withstand up to a 5 foot drop. Also with waterproof seals and gaskets, it can take pictures as deep as 10 feet under the surface.
Conclusion: Without doubt the main attraction of the Olympus MJU 1050SW is its robustness. If you are looking for a family camera or just one you can use around the pool and on ski slopes then the picture quality is fine for snapshots. It is a concern that the camera is so slow to take a photo and this could certainly cause you to miss photo opportunities.
Summary: Unfortunately the Tough 1050SW is a bit of a step backwards in the otherwise excellent tough series. Its extreme levels of haloing are problematic and the overall performance is downright slow. The tap control system is pretty innovative, however, and the pictures are good aside from the chromatic aberration.
Pros: 3m waterproof and 1.5m shockproof, can survive in low temperatures, tap controls
Cons: Lots of chromatic aberration, extremely slow shot-to-shot and burst modes